• A Heart Filled with Gratitude

    So, it’s been a week now since HealtheVoices19 wrapped up in Dallas. What an amazing weekend of connections, education, empowerment and support it was. I’m still trying to wrap my head around everything that happened at the conference and find the words to capture the experience for a blog post. I hope to share that in the next couple of days. Today, though, I wanted to say thanks to everyone who made the experience possible. This year’s theme, “A Little Heart Can Do Big Things”, was inspired by the wristbands that I shared at last year’s conference. The words are my personal mantra, stemming from my experience with congestive heart failure, and it has been exciting and humbling for me…

  • Then and Now: Reflecting on 10 Years

    I’m really not a fan of the “how hard did aging hit you” challenge that’s floating around social media right now. The idea that aging is something to be ashamed of is totally bogus.  Still, I see this as a good time for reflection and gratitude for the time I didn’t expect to live. The photo on the left was taken in October 2008, two months before I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and what was then believed to be type 2 diabetes. I was near death and didn’t yet know it. When I was diagnosed on December 29, 2008, the doctors didn’t think I’d live another 3 months. A lot has happened since then. There have been some…

  • 10 Years of Living

    Today is the 10th anniversary of my initial diagnosis with Type 2 Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure. My goodness, what a rollercoaster ride it has been.  Many things have changed since that day in late December 2008. My diabetes diagnosis chief among them.  I actually live with LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults) or Type 1.5. Wow, ten years. Ten years of knowing, caring, surviving, and sharing. Ten years of knowing that I have two invisible chronic illnesses for which there are no cures. Ten years of knowing that I’m not alone in my fight.  That there are millions of others fighting the same things. Ten years of getting to know some of the most amazing people around.  Lots of love to everyone…

  • Monday Motivation: Good, Better, Best

    When I was in junior high school I had a metal shop teacher who would often recite this quote.  Doug Bierman was his name.  He made it a requirement that each of his students memorize and would randomly call on you in the middle of class and insist that you recite it.  More than 20 years later, I still remember those words by heart.  They are words to live by. Mr. Bierman was one hell of a teacher, coach, and friend.  He passed away in 2015 after a long illness.  He left quite a legacy, and I’m thankful to have been a part of it. Have a great week, and remember that A Little Heart Can Do Big Things!